Christmas 2021


This year’s Christmas card

You can download this year’s Christmas card by clicking the images.


A 3 minute 20 second video on why Christmas is wonderful news.
(If you’d rather read it, the text is below.)

Featured in the card are three of my favourite photos of the Honeysuckle Creek antenna.

The first two are by Hamish Lindsay, without whose work and skill we would be much poorer. Hamish took these with a Linhof Super Technika camera using Kodak 4x5 large format film. Thank you Hamish! – Colin.


Front page.

Honeysuckle Creek’s 85 foot antenna at stow, 02 May 1968.
Hamish used the red hose to wet the roadway around the antenna pad for effect.

Photo by Hamish Lindsay. Negative scan by Colin Mackellar, 2021.


Inside spread.

Tony Salvage rides the cherrypicker in the early morning light.
Note the crescent Moon.

Photo by Hamish Lindsay. Negative scan by Colin Mackellar, 2021.


Back page.

Honeysuckle’s Opening Day, 17 March 1967.

An Australian News and Information Service photographer took this photo from the cherrypicker. Preserved by Hamish Lindsay.

Medium format negative scan by Colin Mackellar, 2021.

For anyone who might be interested, here’s what I said in the short video above:

I designed my Christmas card for this year, sent it off to the printers – and then had another look at the Bible verse I’d put inside – “That’s not very Christmassy!”, I thought.

It says, Jesus was born so that,

“through [his] death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”

All that talk about the devil – and slavery to the fear of death. Especially in a time of COVID! Not very sensitive!

Wouldn’t something about Bethlehem and the shepherds have been better?

But no – this summary from the Bible is exactly what Christmas is all about.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, 2,000 years ago.

Many times, Jesus explained why he, the eternal Son of God, came into our world – and was born – as one of us. And it is breathtakingly good news.

He said that he came to seek and to save those who are lost. (Luke 19:10.)

He came to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

By that, he meant that he came to die on the cross.

He came to pay – with his own life – for the forgiveness of all who will turn from their Declaration of Independence from God – and put their trust in him.

He came to give new life – to remove the penalty of death.

He came to bring you and me into real friendship with his Father – and to give us a sure place in heaven.

Friends, our world is so mixed up, looking for meaning and happiness in all the wrong places.

Of course, the devil is happy to encourage that. He wants us to know – and to feel – that we are guilty before God (which, by ourselves, we are).

The devil wants us to be enslaved to the (rightful) fear of death and God’s judgment – and he doesn’t want us to know of the forgiveness that is freely available through Jesus. He wants us to be afraid of God.

But when Jesus died on the cross for us, and rose again, he defeated the devil.

If you put your trust in Jesus, there is forgiveness. And life – real life – that won’t end at the grave.

It’s my prayer, this Christmas, that you earnestly investigate the claims of Jesus, get to know him, and find eternal peace and joy and life in him.

Christmas tree